Chemistry

A shining use of smart materials

image courtesy of David Hilowitz

Smart materials are those that respond to external stimuli such as changes in temperature, pressure and movement.

Getting celebrities involved is sure to give momentum to the use of the technology, and the recent appearance of the singer Katy Perry in a light-up dress at a recent awards ceremony will do wonders for the sale of wearable technology. More

Volcanic eruption causes chaos

Ash plumeMany of Europe’s travellers got very angry yesterday (and it looks like are going to be for a while yet) as their flights were grounded due to the enormous ash cloud caused by the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull (extra marks shall be awarded for correct pronunciation). More

Monitoring the melting ice

arctic ice meltClimate change has been a hot (pun unintended) topic in the news recently.  The latest UN climate talk opened on Friday, with the hope of reaching the global treaty that the Copenhagen talks in December failed to produce. More

A chocolate fountain to teach changes of state

courtesy of mrphancy

Heston Blumenthal’s new series started on Channel 4 last night – and what a great start to what looks like a magical journey into the appliance of science to cooking.

Heston is somewhat of a hero to me as he combines two of my favourite things: food and science.  He makes amazing, fantastical food and the way he does this is to understand and apply scientific concepts. More